Sporcle Saturday: Relief pitchers since 2017

Good morning!

The day is finally here: the last installment of x player since 2017. Every other type of position has been covered other than relief pitcher, so I suppose it’s fitting that the guys most likely to conclude a baseball game are the last ones to appear in this Sporcle Saturday mini-series.

I suppose that today’s list should probably come with a trigger warning: there are some grim names on here that will bring up some pretty lousy memories of the early rebuild. Alternately, you could cheat by looking at your fancy-dancy rebuild pennant, which absolutely contains some of the names listed here.

In total there are 105 entries you’ll be tasked with naming. A few notes: first, there is some crossover with the starting pitchers from last week and second, the innings totals should be accurately reflected so that they only cover relief appearances. Finally, I excluded position player pitching appearances, so cult heroes such as Yolmer Sanchez, Rob Brantly and Matt Davidson do not figure in. How many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • As usual, I’ve listed the year and number of innings as hints.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:

  • Of the players listed, the pitcher with the most innings in relief over this period has logged 187 IP over 196 appearances.
  • 8 position players have made a pitching appearance since 2017. I’ll let you try and remember which ones (aside from the three listed above).
  • You may have noticed one pitcher to make an appearance in 2021 has 0 innings listed next to his name. He didn’t record an out during his lone appearance, but I decided to include him since it was a relief appearance.

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All data from stathead.com

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Ted Mulvey

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91/105, with more of my misses coming from 2017 than any other year. As for the position players,

three guys I believe I recall seeing take the mound
Yermín (although we could quibble over whether he actually had a position other than batter’s box), Mendick, and Leury are my guesses.


Other than Davidson, the position player that comes to my mind is always Adam Dunn.

Jim Margalus

The biggest indictment of Josh Phegley’s game-calling.


55/105. Baseball is so far from my consciousness now, that I forgot even prominent names like Aaron Bummer. I’m ready for a change of pace!!


Even worse for me, but I felt the same effect. Time and the wretched CBA are wringing out things.